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Boardwalk Reveals Best “Bites & Brews”

Attendees Pick Favorite Pairing of Local Craft Beer and Boardwalk Food

SANTA CRUZ, CA (October 3, 2018) – Bites & Brews, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s new event for beer fans, won rave reviews from attendees on Saturday, September 29. The event featured live music, local brewers, and Boardwalk food.

Boardwalk Bites & Brews paired a wide selection of local craft beer with dozens of sample-size Boardwalk menu items ranging from Mini Corn Dogs, Lobster Tacos and Samosas to Deep Fried Oreos and Chocolate Covered Bacon.

Brewers were each assigned two Boardwalk menu item to pair with their beer.  The tasting public voted for their favorite pairing.     

This year’s favorites were:

  1. Shanty Shack Brewing: Tropical Passion Kettle Sour & Thai Chicken Wrap
  2. Uncommon Brewers: Double Pale Ale & Homestyle Breaded Shrimp
  3. Barebottle Brewing Co: Nitro Imperial Stout & Deep-Fried Oreos

Live music was also a hit. Local bands including Coffee Zombie Collective, GrandSam, Man in Black, Harry and the Hitmen, and Pacific Roots performed at two different stages throughout the day.  

“Our first Bites & Brews was a lot of fun and a big success,” said Boardwalk event director Karley Pope.  “Visitors were surprised to discover so many great local beers and such a wide selection of Boardwalk food. We’re already making plans for next year!”
This year’s participating breweries included Barebottle Brewing, Brewery Twenty-Five, Discretion Brewing, East Cliff Brewing Company, Elkhorn Slough Brewing Company, Loma Brewing Co.,  New Bohemia Brewery, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Shanty Shack Brewing, Steel Bonnet, Strike Brewing Company, Uncommon Brewers, Peter B’s Brewpub, Santa Cruz Cider Company, Soquel Cider, and Santa Clara Valley Brewing. 
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